Laura Hug, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo will be the next guest speaker in SiREM's webinar series to discuss "Assessing Microbial Diversity and Function from Contaminated Environments" at 1:00 p.m. eastern on January 17, 2018. Dr. Hug will discuss how total community approaches (omics) provide a blueprint of the microbial functions and community diversity within an environment. With genome-resolved…
Daniel Schauer, Mark Ellard, Tom Amstadt, and Lee Mullon (Florida) will attend the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 14-15, 2017. Geosyntec is a sponsor of the event, and our professionals will be available for networking and consultation in the hall at the Geosyntec display. They will also have company information available. Dan Schauer is a Senior Principal Geologist and National…
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently announced that a project conducted by Geosyntec for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) was awarded their 2018 National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) and will be presented at NACWA's Winter Conference in Napa, California in February 2018. The project, entitled "Utilizing DNA Markers for Identification of Human and Non-Human Fecal Sources in Urban Stormwater," received the Operations & Environmental Performance Award. The award is presented…
Jim Langenbach, Jim Linton, Zackary Munger (Florida), and Jeff Roberts (Ontario) will present at the 23rd annual Florida Remediation Conference (FRC) at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando Florida on December 7-8, 2017. Jim Langenbach is the conference chair and Geosyntec will deliver three technical presentations. Jeff Roberts will represent SiREM, a division of Geosyntec. The Florida Remediation Conference was launched in 1995 to provide professional education in the soil and groundwater cleanup industry. Now…
Bill Gaffigan (Georgia) will be presenting at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter Fall Conference on Jekyll Island, Georgia on December 7, 2017. Bill's presentation is entitled "Recycling and Zero-Waste Initiatives: a 2017 Update." The presentation will provide a year-end perspective on the 2017 economic, policy, and program trends in recycling and zero-waste initiatives, The presentation is designed to inform strategies for 2018. Bill Gaffigan is a Principal Environmental Manager based…
Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will deliver a keynote address at the 30th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers to be held at Monash University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 6-7, 2017. Robert's topic will be "Is there a need for a First Principles Curriculum?" The theme of the conference is Bridging the University-Industry Divide. He will represent MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Robert is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Malaysia with more than 30…
Geosyntec Consultants was awarded the Small-to-Medium (SME) Enterprise Partner Award for its continued support of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto on November 15, 2017. Vice-Dean, Research Ramin Farnood was there to deliver the award. Geosyntec representatives there to receive the award were: Phil Dennis, Sandra Dworatzek, Dr. Todd McAlary, Dr. Dave Major, Dr. Grant Allan (Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry), Dr. Elizabeth Edwards, Michaye…
Jeremy Morris, Ph.D. (Maryland) will present during a live webinar entitled "Functional Stability and the End of Post-Closure Care at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills" from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST on December 4, 2017. The webinar will be hosted by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation. Jeremy has over 16 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental engineering and waste management, with particular expertise in issues relating to solid waste disposal by…
Kirk Craig (Arizona) will present at the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) Summit at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee at 11:10 a.m. December 4, 2017. His presentation is entitled "Impacted Groundwater to Drinking Water: Large Potable End Use Groundwater Remediation System Design & Permitting." His co-authors are Geosyntec's Jennifer Nyman, Ph.D. and Brian Petty (California). Kirk is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer with more than 20 years of experience focused on the professional engineering…
Geosyntec professionals delivered technical presentations, moderated sessions, and served on the Technical Program Steering Committee during the ASCE/EWRI Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Control Measures at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Denver Convention Center in Colorado on November 6-9, 2017. Geosyntec's technical contributors were: Myles Gray, Senior Staff Engineer; Kevin Koryto, Senior Staff Engineer; Dan Pankani, Project Engineer; and Scott Struck, Ph.D., Principal. The conference highlighted advances in operation and maintenance of gray and…
Tim Ingram (England) presented at the Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) at the Slate Conference Center located at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England on November 21-22, 2017. Tim represented MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Tim's presentation was for session 1.2 "Cross Disciplinary Systems Engineering." His presentation, entitled "Systems Engineering Approach to Asset Management" addressed how a Systems Engineering approach can be applied within the Asset Management domain. The theme of the conference…
Geosyntec professionals will deliver two short courses, one keynote address, one platform presentation, and ten poster presentations during the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Symposium entitled "Enhancing DoD's Mission Effectiveness" at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on November 28-30, 2017. Geosyntec's technical contributors include Dr. Jason Conder, Dr. Rula Deeb, Dr. Dave Reynolds, Dr. Michael Kavanaugh, Dr. Todd McAlary, Dr. James Wang, Dr. Silvia…
Anne Fitzpatrick, L.H.G. (Washington) and Amanda McNally, P.E. (Pennsylvania) have developed a sustainable remediation framework for the Portland Harbor Sediment Superfund Site on behalf of ExxonMobil Environmental Services Company. This framework, the first comprehensive sustainability assessment of remedial alternatives at a sediment Superfund site in the United States, included a quantitative environmental impact and benefit analysis, regional economic modeling (conducted by NERA Economic Consultants), and a stakeholder values-based sustainability assessment (conducted by SEA Environmental Decisions…
Tim Ingram (England) is one of seven industry experts from around the world who were recently invited by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) to author a new standard on asset management of nuclear power plants. The authors met in Vienna, Austria November 7-10, 2017. Tim represented MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Recognizing the need to improve efficiency to keep nuclear power competitive in a changing electricity market, with challenges such as ageing facilities…
Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario) delivered a platform presentation entitled "Bioremediation Approaches and Tools for Benzene Remediation under Anaerobic Conditions," at the International Petroleum Environmental Conference (IPEC), held in San Antonio, Texas, October 30 – November 1, 2017. Sandra is a Senior Manager at SiREM, a division of Geosyntec. Her co-authors were Jennifer Webb and Peter Dollar, SiREM, Guelph, Ontario; Elizabeth Edwards, Nancy Bawa, Shen Guo, and Fei Luo, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; and Kris Bradshaw,…
Morteza Khorshidi (North Carolina) is the chair for three technical sessions at the Second Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils (PanAm-UNSAT 2017) in Dallas, Texas on November 12-15, 2017. As a session chair for Innovations in Testing Part I, II, and III, Morteza selected the papers that will provide conference attendees a high-level and thorough exploration of their topic. He managed the peer review process and made content decisions for the sessions. Once at the conference,…
Jay Thompson (Minnesota) delivered a presentation at the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, entitled "Development of an Analytical Modeling Framework for Matrix Diffusion in Multi-Layered Systems," at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota on November 1, 2017. The presentation was co-authored by Eric Tollefsrud (Minnesota), and focuses on predicting long-term fate and transport of groundwater contaminants in subsurface environments that include clays or silts. Jay is an Engineer based in Minneapolis…
Geosyntec professionals will deliver three panel presentations during the Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (NWEC) at the Red Lion Hotel Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon on December 5-6, 2017. NWEC is in its twenty-ninth year and is the largest environmental conference and tradeshow in the Pacific Northwest. It connects the environmental business community with regional and national technical professionals to find solutions, develop new business, and expand relationships. Over 500 attendees are expected. The conference…
Geosyntec professionals will deliver four technical presentations and three poster presentations during the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 38th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 12-16, 2017. Geosyntec presenters are Jason Conder, Jennifer Arblaster, Todd DeJournett, Jay Thompson, and Dylan Eberle. Other Geosyntec authors are Megan Otto, Brandon Streets, Alan Fowler, David Reynolds, Emily Larson, Chapman Ross, Neal Durant, and Julie Konzuk. SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization comprised…
Andrea Rocha (Tennessee) will deliver a presentation entitled "High-throughput Sequencing as a Microbial Diagnostic Tool for Defining and Managing Environmental Processes" at the East Tennessee Geological Society Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 13, 2017. Andrea helps clients by conducting leading-edge research using an array of geochemical, microbial, computational, and genomics techniques within the areas of environmental microbiology, computational biology, and engineering science. She has proven success in spearheading projects, leading multi-disciplinary teams toward project…
Jessie Fears and Chris Pracheil will present at the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association (CRMA) Environment, Health & Safety Summit at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee on November 15, 2017. Their presentation, entitled "Innovative Approaches for Achieving Nutrient Based NPDES Limits," will provide an overview of watershed management strategies and pollutant trading programs, an update on the current status of water quality regulations and how they impact dischargers in Tennessee, and the details about a…
Rishab Mahajan (Illinois) will be delivering a presentation entitled "Sediment Transport Modeling to Support Port and Harbor Activities" at the quarterly meeting of the Houston Chapter of ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports and River Institute (HTX-COPRI) in Houston, Texas on November 14, 2017. Rishab Mahajan is a water resources engineer principally involved in hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality modeling with a focus on regulatory permits and requirements, stormwater management, surface water system assessments, Total Maximum…
Robert Ettinger (California) has been selected to receive the 2017 ITRC Industry Affiliates Program Award for his contributions to the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites Team. Robbie's team members are quoted in the award letter, saying "The Team Leaders greatly appreciate that Robbie volunteered to lead the Introduction chapter of the TPH Risk guidance. Robbie has consistently shown his superior ability to lead the Introduction…
Greg Gibbons (Illinois) and Anne Fitzpatrick (Washington) are featured in an article entitled "Geosyntec's Strong Sediment Remediation Practice Supports Years of Consistent Growth" in the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) in Volume 30 Number 7&8, Fall 2017, pages 26-17. In the article, they examine the changes in the sediments market, what the client drivers are, and the geographic location the sediment market is currently focused. The article discusses how Greg and Anne's project teams deploy subcontractors…
Jamey Rosen (Ontario) was recently tapped for insight on current advancements in geospatial database technology and geographic information systems (GIS) for the "Underground Today III, Digging Deeper" section of the Engineering News-Record Magazine October 9 edition. In the section titled "Deep Foundation Advancements," Jamey highlights how Geosyntec teams use advanced geospatial database technology and geographic information systems in two- and three-dimensions, resulting in significant savings of time, staff, and money on projects by providing real-time…
Julianna Connolly and Todd Creamer (Massachusetts) will serve as technical panelists for a meeting of the Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee of the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) at the offices of CDM Smith in Boston on November 2, 2017. The program, entitled "MassDEP Reopening Old Trichloroethylene (TCE) Sites," will focus on the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) recent interest in reviewing and evaluating closed sites with trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination. This effort…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) and Brandon Steets (California) will share their experience during a joint webinar entitled "Stormwater Management for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Compliance" with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 31, 2017. The webinar introduces CRWA members to leaders in the field who are working on the planning and implementation of programs and projects aimed at addressing stormwater management issues with a focus on TMDL…
Ron Arcuri (Pennsylvania) delivered a presentation to the Allegheny County Bar Association's (ACBA) Construction Law Section Council on October 18, 2017. Ron presented a case study of a project where Geosyntec provided expert services for a contractor engaged in a constructability dispute with the project owner in Newark, Delaware. The presentation underscored the high cost that can be associated with litigating constructability claims and how avoiding litigation can potentially be beneficial to both parties. The…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) is featured in an article entitled "How to Avoid Construction Site Compliance Violations: An IECA Conference Preview," in Environmental Connection magazine from the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) in the September/October 2017 issue. Andrea provided an interview and a preview of her presentation for the upcoming 2018 IECA Annual Conference in February in Long Beach, California. Her presentation is for engineers and contractors who want to keep water resources clean. Over the…
Jessie Fears (Tennessee) has contributed to the design of a 15-acre natural area in the heart of a rapidly developing sector of north Knox County in Tennessee. The property, planned by the Legacy Parks Foundation, will provide recreational access to scenic Beaver Creek and the opportunity for the public to observe the wildlife and natural setting using the trails and resting areas. Collier Preserve will be located at the former homestead of Stella Moore Collier…
Eric Stiffler (Texas) has been elected Vice Chair of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Texas Chapter for 2017-2019. Eric is a professional geologist and certified emergency medical technician who has eight years of consulting experience managing and performing due diligence assessments, site investigations, remedial implementations, environmental compliance oversight, and geohazard investigations in varying geologic conditions at facilities for multiple private industrial clients. He has performed work on several projects that were regulated…
Curtis Laush (Texas) and Brian Adair (North Carolina) will present at the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology conference to be held at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in California on November 7-9, 2017. Curt's presentation, entitled "Rapid Monitoring of ppb-level BTX and SO2 in Ambient Air via Portable UV-DOAS," describes the development of a portable monitor to measure benzene, toluene, xylenes (BTX), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) in air.…
Several Geosyntec practitioners co-authored a paper entitled "Groundwater uranium stabilization by a metastable hydroxyapatite" published in the journal Applied Geochemistry. Geosyntec's David Adilman, P.G., Jamie deLemos, Ph.D., Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., and Doug Larson, Ph.D., P.E. (Massachusetts) co-authored the paper with Laura Lammers, Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and Hope Rasmussen and Andrew Quicksall, Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. The paper, based on Geosyntec's work at the Nuclear Metals Superfund Site (NMI) in…